Questions tagged [applications]

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What kind of information can an Android app from the Play Store with zero permissions enabled gather about me and my phone?

Find an app in the Google Play store Click on Install App is installed without any permissions granted, except for the default settings (SDK >= 23) Run the app without giving any extra runtime ...
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Tangerine app security warning?

I recently got the Essential phone and I started downloading all my apps back. I downloaded the Tangerine banking app, and I got this security warning as soon as I opened the app. "It seems your ...
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Scan and recreate QR code

Does anyone know of a way (preferably a single app) that could scan and recreate a QR code? Eg. I point my phone at the code, and then I could display that code on the screen, so it can be scanned ...
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Whatsapp crashes

I have updated my Whatsapp to the latest version (2.18.46) but it crashes as soon as I open it. I don't get any."Whatsapp has stopped working" message. Here's what happens: 1) I click the icon. 2) ...
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Is Psiphon a spyware application?

I noticed that even when my phone is off, this app is connected to the Internet by itself: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Psiphon+Inc.&hl=en
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How to install apps to SD with adb when SD is formatted as internal storage

LOS 14.1, small internal storage, large SD card formatted as "internal". Now when I adb install -s whatever.apk it fails with java.lang.IllegalStateException: ☃No suitable external storage available ...
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What is the accuracy of the wossip app?

what is the accuracy of the wossip app`s USAGE menu drop down? Does it reflect actual usage of the monitored account or some other state?
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Is there any comprehensive way of hiding an app entirely with or without root access?

By "comprehensive" I mean a method likely not easy to detect. Is there any way to hide an app icon from any and every launcher?, it is not a problem if such a way requires root access installed. ...
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Make website think you have a different size screen

If you really want a desktop version of a website to load you need it to think you have a desktop size screen. The resolution of your screen is irrelevant I've been told that changing the user ...
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Change languages for specific apps

A week ago I was surprised with an update of an app that suddenly changed its language from English to my local language. This kind of change is usually good for most people, however, I would like to ...
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Is it possible to view and intercept android's activity launch from a PC

I know when a particular activity is launched (for a particular app) it may or may not require additional arguments. Also, if an activity is exported then I (or any other app in the device) can launch ...
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Microsoft Office Lens Multi-page Scanning

The Microsoft Office Lens app used to have multi-page support, but now I can't find the option. Did Microsoft remove it? If not, how do I access the multi-page scanning feature?
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How can you force an app to display it's portrait view while the device is physically in landscape orientation?

Ok, please read what I am saying BEFORE you go telling me to download a myriad of screen orientation locking apps... I have an app (Innomail) that uses 2 different displays one for portrait and one ...
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Can Gmail be set to do send/receive email rather than synching

I seldom use my cell phone for emailing but want to be able to do so occasionally. I know how to add non-Gmail email accounts to the Gmail app, but I want to set sync to "never" for them so that my ...
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Log what an application does and accesses

I'm a bit paranoid about the permissions that certain applications require to work on an Android phone. Specially the "Access to your storage" permission. What I'm scared of is if an application is ...
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Internal GPS interfering with mock locations?

I've been using mock locations in my latest endeavors, and I'm having some issues. I enabled a mock location app from the developer options, set my Location Mode to 'Device Only,' and took precautions ...
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How can I tell if someone is getting into my device remotely

I think someone is spying on me. How can I tell if someone read my messages for pink my phone calls or downloading pictures to their equipment or from cuz I have Android IP address pop up on my Google ...
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Is it possible to run an app directly from a USB flash drive (OTG)?

I'm almost giving up on this, can anyone help me? I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 which means that I can't get an external sd card mounted to my phone. So I bought an OTG flash drive with the hope that I ...
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How to know which installed app can show before my native lock screen?

My question stems from this question about an app showing a custom view (with ads) before the lock screen. As of now none of the answers there provides a technical way to filter out the concerned app ...
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.com.google.chrome files in my Downloads

I have a bunch of files in my "Downloads" folder with names that start with ".com.google.chrome". What are these files? Is it possible that they are failed downloads?
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moving legacy app to new device

So I recently bought a new phone and there's this app I have on my old device that is not available in the play store anymore and that I should nonetheless like to move to my new device. I'm ...
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How can I save a word document (from Word Android app) to Google drive?

There are options for OneDrive and Dropbox, but I can't save to my Google drive account, why?!
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Call a number on a website

Instead of having to highlight a number, copy, switch to call app, paste the number, and dial, is there a way to dial a number found on a website directly? I heard something about copyright issue with ...
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Every microphone app for using with AUX has a loud noise in the background

Every app that I download for android with the function of using android as an external microphone (For example, attaching the fone to pc using an AUX cable) produces an noise that is very loud, and I ...
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opening files in mounted directory from within apps

I have successfully mounted a local network location on to /sdcard/routersd ; I can successfully browse within this mounted directory and do copy/delete operations. My purpose of creating that is for ...
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Series of application freezes and battery discharging fast after turning on flash in camera once

I have LG Optimus L9 P760, Swift L9 with Android system. Few days ago I was using my phone camera and turned on "flash" under settings for it (the lamp). When I wanted to take a photo, camera ...
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How to boot the GUI so that one single application is launched as part of it?

I would like to reuse an older Android phone as a digital controller for some applications. It would basically be a browser (or webkit) running full screen (which would display some buttons via ...
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Help! 25 unkown apps messing with my phone

These apps keep showing up in my data usage screen. I have no idea what they are or where they came from. There are 25 of them by the way. All they seem to do is use up data and interfere with my ...
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How to use middle wheel of a bluetooth mouse for zoom in and out in app?

I bought a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Bluetooth Mouse (H3S-00003) recently to connect to my Samsung S5. There is a middle wheel in the mouse. I could use the wheel to scroll down and up in my Android ...
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How to extract road details from Google map?

I have a problem of getting GPS locations regarding to a road from google maps android API. How can we get a GPS location range regarding to a road? Is there any way to identify a marked point is ...
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Data usage, random number apps

What are these numbers in the Data Usage and Battery Usage screen in Jellybean? I'm having a issue with apps turning up that use data in the background. I have no idea what the are or where they came ...
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Android: Google Play - App Will Not Install - Why?

Hello everybody I face annoying error when, whenever I try to install this app I face many errors. Ok, per usual, I tried installing it through Google Play store but whenever I do so I get this error: ...
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Why application size increases after moving to sd card?

I installed application and see that it allocates say 35Mb. Then I moved it to alsd card and it allocates 41+Mb. I see these "changes" for every application which is moved to sd card. Why it is ...
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How do I connect my Android Device to an external touchscreen?

I would like to know if there is any chance to connect my device to an external, touch sensitive display, such as ordinary touchscreen monitors. If yes, then how do I do that? There are many ...
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All browsers are failing to open any web pages

I have a Galaxy S5 with Android 5.1.1. My phone is rooted, and has been working fine since I updated about a month ago. Within the last few days, I have been having this issue, and I don't know what ...
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Snapchat gave me the real name of a user I dont know. How?

A long time ago I added a person to Snapchat. His username (display name?) was O*, and I added him with that display name. Today I received a message from him, but the name that showed up in my ...
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Failed updating and uninstalling app with ADB

I installed Better Battery Stats (BBS) v2 from XDA and quickly realized that the actual required version is 2.1. So I tried to uninstall BBS via ADB but that failed because BBS is a system app. Now ...
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Why do apps like WhatsApp, Facebook run background services in android even though their apps on iOS without backgroung services

What is the reason for apps like WhatsApp running background services in andrioid even though in iOS they work smoothly without any background service
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How to stop my Android device from being spammed in the browser as well as in the application?

Recently I have downloaded two games: Deer Hunter PreHistoric Worm But after that I have my browser which keeps redirecting me to http://ad.adsmatte.com It is happening every time I load the page – ...
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Can Google+ Friends See Your App Downloads on Play Store, or Just the Ones You Rated?

Can Google+ friends see all your app downloads on Play Store, or just the ones you rated?
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How to tell what app or process periodically sends SMS messages?

About a week ago I purchased a T-Mobile SIM card and activated it on a $3/mo prepaid program. This program requires you to load your account with $3 per month to keep it alive, and these include 30 ...
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Can I connect my smartphone, LG G2, to TV via USB

I have LG G2 and a TV which has a USB port. The TV can recognise when I put a flash drive into its USB port and it plays videos like a computer but I would like to ask : 1.Can I use my phone also as ...
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How to automatically delete photos after google plus upload?

Once Google plus uploads the images, then it automatically delete the image files on the phone for more storage space. Is it possible? Can it be used with tasker or any other app?
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What's this logkit, and why is it taking screenshots?

I'm using android 4.0.4. I suddenly saw this notification in my notification pane: This has happened a few times already. Tapping on the notification removes it immediately. The screenshot is ...
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Can an antivirus really stop the broadAnywhere threat?

I had a look at the diff where the broadAnywhere threat is fixed, and it's basically just mPendingIntent = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(this, 0, new Intent(), 0); replaced with: Intent ...
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A lack of sim card in my android device crashing my apps? Why?

A weird problem I observed with my Micromax A116, android version 4.2.1. From the day I bought it, 8 months back, I have used both the sim slots. But the internal earphones were damaged & I couldn'...
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Google Play apps, login in someone else's account

I have this weird problem on my tablet. Most of the time I can download a game in Google Play and create a game account or just play normally with a local save. But there's a long list of games I just ...
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Multitasking solutions to (not-rooted) Android OS and Apps out there?

For here i mean multitasking visually, which means the ability to see more than one Apps at a time. Other than Samsung's Multi Window, Popup Play (or by the Stick It! app), Pen Window, or the LG's ...
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Run any user apps in safemode?

Some Background My Note 2 has strange slow down after hours of use. After hours of usage system_server and maybe kworker use a lot of CPU, mostly during apps open and switch, it lags badly. I also ...
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Google Play Store No connection

Why when I enter Google Play Store using my LG-P875 phone, it shows only "No Connection Retry"? A few days ago I was deleting some apps and other stuffs to save up my storage space, and I wonder if I ...